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The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the most important platform for scenography in the world. Founded in 1967 and held once every four years, it explores aspects of scenography as a transdisciplinary field where the performing arts, visual arts and architecture meet and converge.
At the heart of the Quadrennial is the section «Countries and Regions», in which artists from over 60 countries are offered a unique opportunity to present new forms of scenography. Pro Helvetia is responsible for Switzerland’s contribution to the Quadrennial.
The next edition of the Prague Quadrennial will take place in 2019.
The 13th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2015 attracted more than 180,000 visitors. Pro Helvetia commissioned four renowned personalities with the task of planning and curating Switzerland’s contribution: Eric Linder (musician and curator of the Antigel festival), Markus Lüscher (architect at Park Zürich), Imanuel Schipper (dramaturgue and cultural studies specialist) and Barbara Zürcher (curator at Haus für Kunst Uri).
The common theme for the contributions from 68 nations was «SharedSpace» – the exploration of temporary and innovative ways of using public space. Switzerland’s project, entitled «Under the Tail of the Horse», consisted of three components:
- «Wenceslas Line», a walkable construction, several hundred metres long, giving visitors a thoroughly new perspective of the historic square in the heart of the Czech capital
- «Podoli Wave», a performance-cum-concert created by Eric Linder at Prague’s Olympic swimming pool Podolí with the music groups Sunfast and OY, making for a unique sensory experience
- «Reception», with photographs by Iren Stehli and Rishabh Kaul, at Clam-Gallas Palace, one of the festival hubs
Switzerland’s award-winning contribution in Prague: see Focus.